MSU Extension trained over 2,000 professionals in capacity building in 2015

Michigan State University Extension’s capacity building work team trained 2,041 professionals in 2015 and still has future trainings planned for the rest of 2016.

In an ever changing world, ongoing professional development is needed to ensure youth development professionals and volunteer managers have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Unfortunately, high quality affordable training is difficult to find. To meet this need, the capacity building work team at Michigan State University Extension trained 2,041 adults and professionals in 2015. The trainings focused on three areas: 4-H clubs, planned youth mentoring and volunteer management. Capacity building strives to facilitate trainings for professionals to assist them in building skills that will benefit their work as volunteer managers and youth development professionals.

The trainings took place in the form of webinars and face-to-face seminars and workshops. They were held all over Michigan and outside of Michigan in Texas, New York, Maine, Oregon, Washington D.C. and Mexico. Some examples of trainings are: Urban 4-H Opportunities; Meet my Generation and Crossing the Gap; Targeted Volunteer Recruitment; Social Networking in Youth Programs; Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit Train the Trainer; Building Community Relationships; The Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Delegation; Real Colors, Retaining Volunteers; Interviewing Potential Volunteers; Elements of Effective Practice in Mentoring; Building Culturally Competent Volunteers; Positive Youth Development: Building a Developmental Assets Toolbox; and MSU Faculty Webinar series “Engaging Students in Wicked Problems: Strategies for inspiring and preparing students to tackle messy, place-based challenges” featuring Dr. Danielle Lake from Grand Valley State University.

Check the MSU Extension Events Calendar for future trainings and sessions in 2016 and onward from the capacity building work team, such as:

  • Ready to Go Curriculum - Intro and Overview
  • Equipping Volunteers to Understand Differences
  • Increasing Understanding of Generations
  • Moving from Awareness to Recruiting
  • Peer Mentoring for 4-H Clubs/Youth Programs
  • Youth Development and Communication Skills
  • 4-H SPIN Clubs
  • Expanding Access and Inclusion for Youth with Disabilities
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • How to Use National Curriculum
  • Screening Applicants for Effectiveness (SAFE) training based on the book “SAFE: Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations

MSU Extension’s capacity building work team realizes the importance of training adults, volunteers and professionals in relevant topic areas and to benefit youth. Take advantage of trainings for education or professional development that can assist you in your role working with youth.

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